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October Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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134111232008_10_hasmaps%20%283%29%20%281%29.jpg The weather may soon be cooking down, but the dining scene is heating up, and with restaurant openings all over the place, it's definitely time for an up to date Eater Heatmap.

Unlike that more stable of standbys, the Eater 38, the Heatmap aims to be more current as it catches wind of the newest, most popular places to eat and drink each month, and October's map is full of newbies and some old standbys with new tricks.

This month's map features some of Detroit's newest spots like Detroit Vegan Soul and Hamtramck's (revolver). Birmingham and Ferndale rep the suburbs with newcomers The Stand Gastro Bistro and Public House, and two restaurants from August's list upped their game and made it on again.

Had a less-than happy experience at one of these places? Been somewhere else that feels worthy of high praise and popular approval? Drop us a note on our tipline or leave your thoughts below. We know you will.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Stand Gastro Bistro

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34977 Woodward Avenue
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 220-4237
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The Stand may be new, but chef Paul Grosz, chef/owner of Detroit's Cuisine, is bringing seasonal and local carnivore, vegetarian, and even vegan fare to Birmingham, and he's doing it in a bold way. [Photo]

2. Public House

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241 West 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 850-7420
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People won't stop talking about Ferndale's newest classic with an edge restaurant and bar serving up new takes on comfort food and lots and lots of booze, including grown-up milkshakes. [Photo]

3. Torino

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201 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 247-1370
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With recent rave reviews from both Hour Detroit and the Detroit Free Press, it's clear that Torino's tasting menu continues to earn this Ferndale restaurant a spot on the list of hottest places to eat right now.[Photo]

4. The Dakota Inn-Rathskeller

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17324 John R St
Detroit, MI 48203
(313) 867-9722
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It's 80 years old and a classic, but the solid German fare, copious amounts of beer, and German drinking songs (chicken hat required) are getting new love. Well deserved Dakota Inn. [Photo]

5. Rock City Eatery

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11411 Joseph Campau Avenue
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(248) 633-3072
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This Hamtramck dinner spot may be new, but they're already earning a following for more than just their awesome pies. Diners love the low-key vibe and creative comfort food, served with a lot of soul and no pretension. [Photo]

6. (revolver)

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9737 Joseph Campau Avenue
Hamtramck, MI 48212
Hamtramck's on the map again with Revolver, a concept restaurant featuring communal tables, local ingredients, and a rotating cast of chefs who never serve the same meal twice. This reservation only spot is currently open on Friday and Saturday nights with limited seating, and dinners sell out fast. [Photo]

7. Detroit Vegan Soul

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8029 Agnes St
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 444-9402
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This healthy take on soul food opened with a big party, and they're staking their claim as both a favorite for vegans and vegetarians and those who just love Southern food alike.[Photo]

8. Cliff Bell's

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2030 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2543
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It's a Detroit classic that's been around forever, but their recent participation in Restaurant Week garnered good reviews, and chef Matt Baldridge is rolling out a new dinner menu to prove that Cliff Bell's is way more than a bar. [Photo]

9. Ottava Via

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1480 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI
(313) 962-5500
Now officially open, Ottava Via is still getting good press, most recently from Molly Abraham herself. Their pizzas are their claim to fame, but classic and delicious Italian favorites that won't break the bank are setting them apart from the competition. [Photo]

10. Mercury Burger & Bar

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2163 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 924-5000
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This place is always busy, but their appearance on Chuck Eats the Street on the Cooking Channel is a clear sign that Mercury is staking its claim as a Michigan Avenue heavyweight.[Photo]

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1. The Stand Gastro Bistro

34977 Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, MI 48009
The Stand may be new, but chef Paul Grosz, chef/owner of Detroit's Cuisine, is bringing seasonal and local carnivore, vegetarian, and even vegan fare to Birmingham, and he's doing it in a bold way. [Photo]
34977 Woodward Avenue
Birmingham, MI 48009

2. Public House

241 West 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220
People won't stop talking about Ferndale's newest classic with an edge restaurant and bar serving up new takes on comfort food and lots and lots of booze, including grown-up milkshakes. [Photo]
241 West 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220

3. Torino

201 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
With recent rave reviews from both Hour Detroit and the Detroit Free Press, it's clear that Torino's tasting menu continues to earn this Ferndale restaurant a spot on the list of hottest places to eat right now.[Photo]
201 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

4. The Dakota Inn-Rathskeller

17324 John R St, Detroit, MI 48203
It's 80 years old and a classic, but the solid German fare, copious amounts of beer, and German drinking songs (chicken hat required) are getting new love. Well deserved Dakota Inn. [Photo]
17324 John R St
Detroit, MI 48203

5. Rock City Eatery

11411 Joseph Campau Avenue, Hamtramck, MI 48212
This Hamtramck dinner spot may be new, but they're already earning a following for more than just their awesome pies. Diners love the low-key vibe and creative comfort food, served with a lot of soul and no pretension. [Photo]
11411 Joseph Campau Avenue
Hamtramck, MI 48212

6. (revolver)

9737 Joseph Campau Avenue, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Hamtramck's on the map again with Revolver, a concept restaurant featuring communal tables, local ingredients, and a rotating cast of chefs who never serve the same meal twice. This reservation only spot is currently open on Friday and Saturday nights with limited seating, and dinners sell out fast. [Photo]
9737 Joseph Campau Avenue
Hamtramck, MI 48212

7. Detroit Vegan Soul

8029 Agnes St, Detroit, MI 48214
This healthy take on soul food opened with a big party, and they're staking their claim as both a favorite for vegans and vegetarians and those who just love Southern food alike.[Photo]
8029 Agnes St
Detroit, MI 48214

8. Cliff Bell's

2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
It's a Detroit classic that's been around forever, but their recent participation in Restaurant Week garnered good reviews, and chef Matt Baldridge is rolling out a new dinner menu to prove that Cliff Bell's is way more than a bar. [Photo]
2030 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

9. Ottava Via

1480 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI
Now officially open, Ottava Via is still getting good press, most recently from Molly Abraham herself. Their pizzas are their claim to fame, but classic and delicious Italian favorites that won't break the bank are setting them apart from the competition. [Photo]
1480 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI

10. Mercury Burger & Bar

2163 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
This place is always busy, but their appearance on Chuck Eats the Street on the Cooking Channel is a clear sign that Mercury is staking its claim as a Michigan Avenue heavyweight.[Photo]
2163 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

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